I have to admit I have a soft spot for La Rochelle despite its typical touristy feel and constant throng of people. We have stopped off in La Rochelle on almost everyone of our 5 trips to France, sometimes just for a few hours and on one occasion staying for a few days. The winding streets and always upbeat atmosphere guarantees an interesting visit.
Rambling through the streets and dipping in and out of the many shops is a very pleasant way to spend some time. The cafes and restaurants are all well used to tourists from near and far and the range of food on offer includes the expected French fair and the usual burgers and kebabs for those visitors who don’t like to stray too far from their comfort zone. We developed the habit of ordering mussels in garlic and chips in a restaurant on the quayside, but on this occasion we settled for an ice cream and Cokes instead.
We walked around the small harbour and checked out the artisan market, while being entertained by some interesting street entertainers and musicians. When our 3 hour ‘stroll’ was over we made our way back to the car for our 2 hour 30 minute drive back to Bedenac. A trip to La Rochelle is always worth the effort and no doubt given the opportunity we will return, some day.
More pics in my France 2013 album HERE